Citizens United vs. FEC: Supreme Court Ruling invalidates most Campaign Finance Reform
Okay, we all know about it. Post your thoughts here.
For me, this is a win for Free Speech. I don't really get the "corporate personhood" angle, here. The First Amendment states "Congress shall make no law [... or of,] abridging the freedom of speech or of the press". It doesn't say anything about this being an individual right and not a collective right. It doesn't say "except for corporations or unions" or "except for groups who have more effective means of getting their message across".
I mean, it's pretty plain on the face of it that corporations are not "persons" before the eyes of the law, although they do have some rights and responsibilities of "persons". That's the point. Now, would we deny corporations the right to "petition the government for redress of grievances"? Or the right to "peaceably assemble"? Those are generally individual rights.
What about the right to be secure in their "houses, papers, and effects"? Do governments have the right to search and/or demand papers and effects from corporations without a warrant? Does the Constitution guarantee that right to corporations or is it only by statute which can be easily replaced?
Can corporations be subject to excessive fines?
I mean, sure, corporations and unions are not natural persons, and they do not share all of the rights and privileges and immunities of natural persons, but that doesn't mean that they have no rights either. The Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of our system of government, of our way of life, it is the very bedrock foundation of our values for many of us.